Finland will not let the national teams of Russia and Belarus to the World Cup

Updated: 05 March 2022

The Finnish Hockey Union proposed sanctions against the national teams of Russia and Belarus.

The head of the organization, Harry Nummela, said that last weekend the members of the union discussed the situation with the conflict in Ukraine, and also contacted in this regard with the head of the IIHF, Luc Tardif, the official website of the union reports.

The position of the Finnish Hockey Union is that the national teams of Russia and Belarus should be completely isolated from participation in international hockey competitions. According to Nummela, the Finnish side will not allow the participation of the Russian and Belarusian teams in the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in May in Helsinki and Tampere.

The Latvian Ice Hockey Federation also came up with a similar initiative. Its representatives call on the IIHF to suspend the membership of Russia and Belarus in the organization.

In addition, the Latvian national team refused to hold test matches with the national team of Belarus and the Russian Olympic team on the eve of the 2022 World Cup, according to the official website of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.

Photo: official website of the Finnish Ice Hockey Union

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Aleksandr Markov
Sports journalist, I am writing about hockey and football.